April 9, 2018 / 4:01 PM / 15 days ago

U.N.'s Zeid slams big powers' 'empty words' on Syria chemical attack

GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. human rights chief lambasted the U.N. Security Council members on Monday for offering only “feeble condemnations” of a chemical attack in Syria, saying the failure to react more strongly could have dire consequences for decades.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein talks to reporters in Jakarta Indonesia February 7, 2018. REUTERS/Beawiharta

“A number of very powerful states are directly involved in the conflict in Syria, and yet they have completely failed to halt this ominous regression towards a chemical weapons free-for-all,” Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said in a statement.

“This collective shrug to yet another possible use of one of the most ghastly weapons ever devised by man is incredibly dangerous.”

Reporting by Tom Miles; editing by Andrew Roche

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